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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith asserted that a meeting
between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her counterparts from the four
Mekong riparian states on the 24th of July on the sidelines of the 42nd
ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting signaled the beginning of US interest in
expanding cooperation with these countries.
said this was a welcomed initiative taken by Secretary Clinton who arrived in Thailand's
southern beach town of Phuket on the 23rd of July to attend the 16th
ASEAN-shepherded Asia-Pacific security talks, known as ASEAN Regional
meeting between Clinton and her counterparts from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia was aimed
at defining approaches for the expansion of regional cooperation in all areas, especially
economic development in the Mekong sub-region focusing on infrastructures as
well as public health and education.
to the Lao Foreign Minister, this initiative is taken as part of bilateral
cooperation between two river basins of the Mississippi and the Mekong
lower Mekong river basin cooperation was initiated by Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
and Vietnam which, in the 1990's, formally established the Mekong River
Commission with assistance from international donors. Since then, this
partnership has been focusing on the formulation of regulations on sustainable
and environment-friendly uses of water resources among the riparian states,
initiatives have been gearing towards a tripartite cooperation such as the
economic triangular cooperation involving the southern part of Thailand's northeastern
region, the southern part of Laos and northern Cambodia, called the Emerald
Triangle. Another one is the development of an economic triangle involving
southern Laos, central Vietnam and northern Cambodia. But these initiatives are
moving at a low speed.
this reason, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam hoped the US interest would help
expedite the development of these projects.
Songrit Pongern reported in Lao and summarized in English. Listen to Songrit's report for more details in Lao.